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William Lockard OCSO, Trappist Monk

Brother William Lockard, 84, monk of the Cistercian (Trappist) Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, Georgia died in the monastery infirmary on Friday January 25th. The burial service at the celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will be on Monday January 28th at 9:00AM at the monastery church. Born on October 15, 1928, William grew up in Harrison, New Jersey. His parents were Thomas Lockard and Winifred Murray-Lockard. After graduating from Harrison High School in 1946 William enlisted in the United States Army. William was trained in artillery at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma. During his service in the Korean War, he was awarded the Korean Service Medal with two bronze service stars and an Army of Occupation Medal (Japan). He was reassigned from active combat in Korea to the 97th Army Band as an instructor. He was discharged from the Army in November 1951. Following his military discharge, as an accomplished musician William played the saxophone in bands touring the United States for eight years. Feeling the call to a life of prayer in a Trappist monastery, William came to Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Monastery in July, 1987 for a two-month discernment and was accepted to the Cistercian order. William professed solemn vows as a Cistercian on December 8, 1990. Both of Brother William’s siblings are deceased. He has four nephews, and three nieces. In addition to daily manual work, Brother William served the community through his warm hospitality to visitors and retreatants. Brother William encouraged others to pray through his words and example. Donations may be sent in Brother William’s memory to the Monastery of the Holy Spirit, 2625 Highway 212, SW, Conyers, GA 30094. For more info call Br. Callistus at 678 964-2237